Retiring from work is a big life milestone and one that’s definitely worth celebrating. Whether you’ve got a big surprise bash planned, an office party or a special meal with family, it’s tradition to buy someone a gift to mark the occasion of their retirement.
When it comes to retirement gifts for your dad, choosing something that’s practical as well as thoughtful can help him make the most of his newfound free time. Here are a few great gift ideas for your dad’s retirement.
Coming up to retirement, many people plan to spend more time outside getting fresh air and making the most of their garden or outdoor space. Is your dad a keen gardener or planning a garden transformation? Perhaps he’s already into gardening and you’ve heard him complaining about damage from pests or high winds? If so, a small polytunnel to protect his plants or some new gardening tools makes a great retirement gift that he’s sure to get plenty of use out of.
For active dads who like being outdoors, walking or hiking equipment is a thoughtful gift that he will get plenty of use out of when he retires. You could get him some brand new hiking boots or a backpack for carrying all his hiking essentials. You could even throw in a few extra special touches, like a compass, a water bottle with a filter, a camping stove or a mobile phone charger that will make those long rambles or camping trips more comfortable.
Many people worry about losing touch with friends and colleagues after retiring and loneliness in older age can be a real problem for those who become isolated. Keeping in touch with former colleagues or inviting friends and neighbours around for a meal or drinks is a good way to combat this. If your dad is the sociable type, then give him an excellent excuse to invite people over and buy him a top-of-the-range barbecue grill.
A Tool Box
If your dad loves getting stuck into a bit of DIY around the home then a new tool bag or toolbox would make an ideal retirement gift. You could even make it a personalised one for that extra special touch. A well-organised toolbox with plenty of space will make it easier for him to tackle new DIY projects and ensure he has everything to hand when he needs it.
This is one for the footie fans! If your dad supports a football team, then for his retirement gift, why not treat him to match tickets or even a season ticket? That way he can make the most of all his new free time and gets to watch his favourite team play. You never know, he might even invite you along to join him!